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This is how I met mark Richt.
My father has been a high school football and baseball coach for 35 years. At this particular time he was the head coach in both sports. He's met his share of recruiters and coaches. One of his baseball players just so happened to be his top football player. Signed with Georgia and was also taken in the MLB draft. Coach Richt comes to town with Willie Martinez for a bulldog club meeting. Visits baseball practice to touch base with the young man that he had signed. My father gives me the heads up and let's me know it would be a good day to drop in and watch practice. I had just completed my degree and was in dead period before I was to follow in his footsteps. I was pumped.
Now let me shift gears. My mother had a brain tumor 3 years before this day. Not exactly but u get the point. Had it removed and had to have emergency surgery to save her life the next day after suffering a massive stroke. She spends the next 5 years in a wheel chair. Hospital bed. My family bathed here. Fed her. Cleaned her. Changed her diaper. We all did. Most humbling experience. It took 4 months after her surgery before she was stable enough for my dad to return to work. He hired a wonderful sitter who cared for my mom with all the love in the world to the day she died. Me and dad would race home to relieve her as soon as we got off work. So many people helped us stay afloat. Unbelievable the way god worked to help us. During her recovery it never really took off. She lived five years but I cannot recall how many times we had to go back to the hospital for a stay of a month or two as a result of the complications.
This beautiful march day i was waiting on coach Richt. It was gonna be me and him face to face as I was supposed to meet him and escort him to our field that was tucked away. He signed my wheaties box and my sugar bowl ticket stub. First class. As we got to the field with coach Martinez the players were in one of the most spirited sessions of infield outfield I've ever seen. Practice ran on like normal and not a thing stopped for anyone. Occasionally a player would walk by the coaches who stood talkin to my dad and let out a small go dawgs and ran off before my dad could jump on them. I stood there in that moment and this is what happened.
Coach Richt shared with us how excited he was to get back on the road and go home to see his wife. She had just received some big test results as she had battled cancer. News was great and you could see he excitement in his face. Dad decided to darken the mood and shared with him our story. Richt was blown away. He said coach I'm soo sorry. He looked at Willie and said coach i sure would like to get the address to your house so I can visit with your wife. He put it in his gps and left practice and headed to my house. I quickly jumped in my car and tree to get there as well. They beat me however. Still don't know how. As I bolted through the door I saw our caregiver that sat with mom glowing and tears in her eyes. It was cool because she's a big Carolina fan. But you could see her love and respect for what was happening. Down the hallway mom was laying in bed. The hospital bad. Glowing. She didn't know who he was because of the surgery. She lost a lot of her short term memory. Once coach told her who he was she was ecstatic. She understood at that time that she was in front of somebody that was a big deal. And being a lifelong dawg fan she let out a sicem woof woof woof just for Richt and Martinez. I watched both men stand over her and recite a small passage. They then held her hands and prayed with her.
I've never seen anything so powerful. You may think he was pulling a recruiting gimmick or whatever but I stood there and saw it all. The most genuine moment I can recall. He stayed for thirty minutes and got back on his way.
This is the kind of man we have running our program. At the end of the day win or lose. He is touch he lives of so many people. And those people go out and touch others. Yea football is important but look what his man is doing during an era filled with poverty, broken homes, kids be raised bye single parents, fathers walking out and not raising their sons to be men and run a household of heir own.
Guys...... We're lucky.
Thanks for listening to my story abt how I met coach mark richt
Thank you for sharing. I needed that.
Wow... Going through a similar circumstance with my dad now, but he went to Florida. He laughed the day I went to UGA, and became a dawgs fan. Great story
Thank you for sharing that and we are so much more than lucky, we are truly Blessed to have Coach Richt as our coach and someone we all can look up to and respect!!!
Awesome! +1x a ton!
Awesome story. CMR is without a doubt a true Christian who not only talks the talk but he walks the walk. There's not another coach that I would want mentoring my son more than CMR!
Thank God for people like him!!!!!!
"You will know them by their fruit" -Matt. 7:20
This sums it up. Great story. You and your dad are fine men, too, Dbarnes6.
Thank you for sharing your story with us.
Makes me so proud to be part of the dawg family.
Jackson, you mind sharing your fathers name so I can add him and your family to my prayer list?
I have been a member for several months now but have only read and never posted. This one I have to respond that we should all strive to lead our lives like our Coach!!! I will admit that I have done my share of Richt bashing when things go bad. DBarnes, sorry to hear of your mother, but thank you for reminding me who our Coach truly is!
Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Keep plugging away, tough road but you and your dad can endure and overcome
That is why I am proud he is our coach!!!!!!!!!!!
Art Schlichter's cellmates and Mo Clarett's rugby team believe Ohio State always does things honestly.....
Thanks for sharing this story.CMR certainly portrays the best possible man that could lead our team as their coach!!
Don Jackson thank you for your prayers
Awesome! I want to win a NC, but it is good to remember that there are more important things in life. Thanks for sharing.
That was a tremendous read!!! Thank you for sharing that! I agree we are lucky to have a man like CMR as our coach!!
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